Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Teacher Detains Student for Using “foxfire.exe”

July 29, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Virtual Hilarity

Mix poor memory and a lack of tech-savvy, and you’ve got a teacher disciplining a high school student for launching “foxfire.com”. Not sure if this is real or a hoax, but here are some details:

firefox-punishment

The incident report narrates how the teacher apparently asked the class to do some work through an internet browser, only to catch a student starting a program called foxfire.exe. Said teacher meted out two warnings, but the student continued using foxfire, insisting that it was a better browser. The teacher, probably having no idea what Mozilla Firefox was and tired of challenges to his authority, handed the student two hours worth of detention.

I’m thinking that, if this were real, Mozilla should use the incident as a marketing tool. The new kind of brand evangelism apparently involves exposing the stupidity of authority figures, while taking the heat for your belief in a product or service.

The high school in question? Big Spring High School, according to the image currently making the internet rounds (above). The names of the teacher, student, and parents were redacted. All I know is that I wouldn’t want my child to be studying under such a reportedly clueless teacher!

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